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Local HCE Plans Silent Auction for Payne County Fair | New

The Payne County Home and Community Education Group is planning a silent auction at the Mary Silvers Exhibit Building during the annual Payne County Free Fair.

According to Treasurer LeeAnn Barton, there will be at least 25 items in the auction, including gift baskets, a refurbished vintage 1920s entryway table, OSU quilts, plants, baked goods and a basket of pickleball.

The objects will be exhibited from Wednesday. Auctions start at 6 p.m. on Thursday and end at noon on Saturday, August 27. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items the following Tuesday at 3 p.m.

In addition to the silent auction, the HCE Group will have a concession stand in the Heritage Hall Building during the fair that will serve stew, chili, burgers, chicken salad sandwiches and homemade pies.

Barton said HCE members met at the fairgrounds this week and baked more than 150 pies for the fair. Barton hopes attendance will increase this year and encourages everyone to come to the fair and take advantage of the giveaways and bid on silent auction items.

Payne County HCE offers three scholarships for students to attend college or vocational school. The group also pays for the expenses of two high school students to attend the national 4-H conference in Washington, D.C. Conference delegates focus on civic engagement, community leadership and personal development.

Barton said the pandemic has hurt the HCE Group’s fundraising, which includes an annual bake sale last held in May at Stillwater United Methodist Church’s activity center. She hopes the silent auction will generate enough funds to pay for scholarships and travel expenses for students attending the national 4-H conference.

According to Barton, the exhibit hall at the Payne County Exhibit Center was renamed the Mary Silvers Exhibit Building to honor Mary Silvers for her service to the fair’s board of directors as exhibit hall supervisor. exhibition for many years and supporting the fair for over 50 years.

“Mary Silvers also had perfect attendance at OHCE meetings for over 60 years,” Barton said.

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